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Wisdom Tooth Extraction: Post-Op Instructions
The healing period following the extraction of wisdom teeth can be shortened and facilitated by following your dentist’s post-operative (post-op) recommendations. This will reduce the risk of problems and facilitate healing period.
Anyway, give your body the necessary the rest! Listen to it and consult it if there is any doubt. The goal of the dentist is to accompany you throughout the treatment, including the healing process.
Here is a quick summary of tips to follow after the extraction of wisdom teeth:
• Pain management: Persistent pain is considered normal 24 to 72 hours after wisdom teeth are extracted. Taking medications prescribed by your dentist will help control discomfort. If the pain persists despite the medication, do not hesitate to contact your dental clinic for a follow-up appointment or to contact your pharmacist for advice on how to optimize the doses.
• Swelling: It is normal for swelling to increase for about 48 hours after wisdom teeth are extracted. To reduce postoperative swelling, apply ice outside the face for 15 minutes, followed by a 15-minute break. Repeat these steps for a few hours after the procedure. Cold will also give you relief through its anesthetic effect.
• Bleeding: After wisdom teeth are extracted, bleeding can be expected. The key to controlling them is pressure! If the bleeding starts again or persists after you leave the clinic, apply the extra cottons provided by your dentist to the bleeding site and bite down for 45 minutes. It is very important to keep this pressure constant and not to remove the cottons to check the site before the 45 minutes are up. If cottons are not available, you can use a wet black tea bag and bite down in the same manner. If the bleeding still persists, contact your dental clinic for a follow-up appointment.
• Diet: For the first 48 hours after the operation, eat soft, cold or warm food. In addition, chew on opposite side after the operation to avoid irritating the area. Avoid crunchy or spicy foods.
• Avoid spitting for 48 hours after the procedure: this can cause pressure in the mouth and cause the bleeding to start again.
• Oral hygiene: The day after the procedure, gently brush the teeth adjacent to the wisdom tooth extraction site with a soft bristle toothbrush.
• Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours – rest is well deserved!
Have a good recovery!